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Cheesy Chorizo Tamale Pie

Lidia Haddadian | April 9, 2020

In the 2018 Lodge National Cornbread Cook-off, contestant Lidia Haddadian made this delicious twist on a traditional tamale pie and won second place in the competition. The pairing of a cheesy corn cake with a savory chorizo filling and a cilantro-lime drizzle, served inside of a corn husk, not only made a beautiful display but delivered an explosion of flavor. 

Prep Time
45 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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Tamale Pie


Pie "Crust"
  • 8 dry corn husks
  • 1 quart warm water to soak corn husks
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onion, green part only
  • ¼ cup finely chopped tomatoes, seeded
Chorizo Filling
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • ½ cup each red and green bell pepper
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces ground chorizo
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar
Tamale Corn Cakes
  • 1 15.25 ounce can sweet corn, drained
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup corn masa harina (fine corn flour)
  • 1 6.5 ounce package Martha White yellow cornbread mix
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 4 ounces mexican cheese mix, shredded
Cilantro-Lime Drizzle
  • ¼ cup mexican crema
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno pepper, seeded
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


1. Soak corn husks in warm water until softened (about 30 minutes); reserve.

2. In a 12 inch skillet, sauté onion and bell peppers in oil till translucent. Add coriander, cumin, salt, pepper, and chorizo, and cook till browned. Add raw sugar and cook for another couple of minutes. Transfer to a heat-proof dish; reserve.

3. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small blender, blend corn, butter, sugar and salt till creamy. Transfer to a medium bowl and add masa harina, Martha White cornbread mix, water, and milk. Combine well.

4. With kitchen shears, cut softened corn husks to fit cast iron wedge mold with about an inch overhang. Place softened corn husks over a cast iron wedge pan

5. Meanwhile, divide the cornbread mixture into two parts and evenly spread half of the cornbread mixture over each corn husk. Top evenly with chorizo mixture, cover with remaining cornbread mixture, sprinkle evenly with cheese, and bake 20 minutes.

6. Use a small food processor or blender to blend crema, cilantro, jalapeño, lime
juice, sour cream, and sea salt.

7. Drizzle tamale pie wedges with cilantro/lime drizzle. Garnish with green onions and
tomatoes. Enjoy!

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Contributed By: Lidia Haddadian

Lidia Haddadian from Pasadena, Calif., won first place in Lodge's 2019 Cornbread Cook-off with her recipe of Smoky Cajun-Style Shrimp’n Bacon Pizza With Crispy Cornbread Crust. 

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